Located on a side road between Sea Pines Circle and the Cross Island Bridge, Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery Café is not on Hilton Head Island’s beaten path. But it’s definitely worth discovering. 

Generations of vacationers and residents swear by it – nearly 50 years of them, in fact. Back in the early days it was a favorite stop for Heritage Classic golfing greats and such tennis superstars as Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Chris Evert and Tracey Austin. As described by the New York Times: “Signe’s Café is a restaurant with food that is as healthful as the climate and activities on Hilton Head Island.” 

Unpretentious in nature, this eatery has garnered both local and national celebrity status for its expansive, unconventional menu and fanciful, low-key décor. Signe’s has been featured in Southern Living and Bon Appetit as well as “CBS Sunday Morning” and The Food Network., a global food website, declared: “Signe’s Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie is the best pie in South Carolina.” TV celeb Rachael Ray stopped by and swooned over the deep-dish blueberry French Toast, and grandmothers arrive regularly to share jumbo oatmeal raisin cookies with their granddaughters. 

Here mouthwatering pastries are made fresh daily. In fact, nearly everything is made fresh from scratch using no preservatives. The tomato tarts, cheesy fritattas and creamy polenta are magnificent along with the prize recipe key lime pie and pound cake. Signe’s Bakery Cafe is indeed an island treasure. Breakfast, lunch and take out. 93 Arrow Rd, Hilton Head Island. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Friday; 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. 843-785-9118 or